NC State’s student artist awards celebrate students from across the university’s colleges who exhibit extraordinary creativity and mastery of their craft. CCEE student Jimmy Lewis was selected for the Visual Artist Award in 3D art for his wooden sculpture, Fan Carved Bird #9. The birds he makes are a part of a 100-bird collection that he committed himself to in January of 2022.
The Visual Artist Award honors NC State students for outstanding work in the visual arts in the categories of 2D, 3D, and computer-rendered or photography. The artist’s work is selected at the annual Student Art Sale each spring, and the winner receives a cash award. Their piece is displayed prominently in Talley Student Union for the following year.
Lewis is a senior studying environmental engineering. He has been woodworking since 2017 while in high school. In 2018, he worked in Vermont and learned a bit about boat building. The opportunity at NC State to work at the Crafts Center let him continue his woodworking in college, where he teaches classes in building Peruvian wooden drums known as cajón.
The Creative, Performing and Visual Artist Awards are made possible by the NC State University Foundation, the Suzanne Kennedy-Stoskopf Endowment for Creativity in the Performing Arts, the Roxanne Hicklin Visual Artist Award Endowment, and Arts NC State.